We challenge you to name a more charming roadster than the Mazda MX-5: For roughly 25 years, the MX-5 (nee Miata) has been a darling of the two-seater segment for its blend of affordability and fun handling. The current-gen MX-5 arrived in 2016; a hardtop RF variant is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2023, the MX-5’s entry-grade GS trim is no longer available with the automatic transmission.
Mazda offers the MX-5 in GS, GS-P, and GT trim levels. All are powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine that comes with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
GS trim comes with 17-inch wheels, a soft black convertible roof, auto on/off LED headlights/taillights with auto levelling, and passive keyless entry. Inside, there’s a 7.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, manual A/C, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, and a locking console storage compartment. Safety kit includes forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
GS-P models with the manual transmission get a strut tower brace, limited-slip differential, and sport suspension. Other enhancements are heated side mirrors, a nine-speaker stereo, and heated seats.
GT trim gains traffic sign recognition, auto-dimming interior and driver’s side mirrors, adaptive headlights, navigation, satellite radio, automatic A/C, leather upholstery, and a driver info display.
A GS-P sport package adds forged wheels, Brembo brakes with red calipers, and Nappa/Alcantara seats.
GT options include white and terra cotta leather upholstery upgrades.
Mazda’s fuel consumption estimates are 9.0/7.0 L/100 km (city/highway) for the manual transmission, and 9.0/6.6 L/100 km with the automatic.
Shop the MX-5 against the structurally similar Fiat 124; if this Mazda is priced at the low end of your budget, have a look at the Audi TT and BMW Z4.
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